Nils S

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  1. Tim - Thanks and sorry. As long as I've been at this stuff the odd (nothing personal) person - aka Cpalm in this instance - gets under my skin just a wee bit and I bite. But if it allows me to farther clarify my perspective, in some small way it's worth it. Thanks again. Nils
  2. Steve - Unfortunately it's not just wind "farms." Offshore, submerged "server" farms as well as many new undersea telecommunications cables are on the way (see Wars or Regime Shift.pdf , which I did a year and a half ago. Since then Microsoft has put a submerged server module in place off Scotland at And they're allgoing to be as close to populations as possible. But I'm sure that recreational fishermen and boaters are going to be allowed free access to those areas. Why wouldn't they be???????
  3. So you need short sentences, small words, and simple thoughts? What you really need is a sandbox, not a rational forum. And I seriously doubt that you are capable of gathering a basic understanding of anything I've written over the last 70 years (that would be way back to the "see spot run" days).
  4. As you wrote, or quoted: Economist William Nordhaus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, warns that almost by definition the laws will work only for technologies that survive, so they can’t predict the trajectory of very young technologies. “History is written only about the victors,” he says. “Those technologies that didn’t make it in the market don't make it into the data set. This is one reason why it is so difficult to forecast which of many nascent energy technologies will survive.” The future of some technologies depends crucially on governmental policies, not just conventional market forces. For example, the evolution of climate-change technologies, in which Nordhaus specializes, will depend on the future pricing policies of carbon emissions. “Some technologies, such as carbon capture and storage, won’t even get off the ground with a zero carbon price,” he says. As lawyers say (or write), res ipsi loquitar. Wind energy is far from a "surviving technology." Minus subsidies, while it might well be here today it might just as well be gone tomorrow. As I pointed out, there are significant questions re the environmental impacts - at least in an estuarine/oceanic environment - that are not even being considered, let alone answered, and for any of us who have a commited interest in the continued productivity of our estuaries and oceans we would be well advised to make sure that those questions are asked and satisfactorily answered - and being a naive cheerleader for wind farms isn't going to provide any answers that anyone with a beyond cheerleading perspective will be satisfied with. But keep on coming up with those generalizations. They almost sound like science, and they're way more easy for some of us to comprehend.
  5. But hey... it did impress me that you did attempt to apply, though inappropriately, Moore's Law. We all gotta start from somewhere. ps - To put your mind at ease, I have worked for the commercial fishing industry for thirty-some years, with no apologies to anyone! Mikw hasn't, but he has my unqualified respect.
  6. "Moore's Law is the observation made by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that "the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years while the costs are halved." To assume that this has anything to do with anything other than what Gordon Moore proposed, "the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years while the costs are halved," is, from my way of thinking, no Moore nor less han intellectual self-abuse. That ain't apples and oranges, it's apples and castor beans! Please try again, but with just a wee bit more intellectual rigor (Gods forbid)!
  7. Stripers on line's auto censor didn't/doesn't like "****." That middle link should be f-i-s-h-i-n-g-n-jdotorg (just ditch the eight dashes). That should get you there or maybe this link will get you there.
  8. Fishhappy wrote "I’ll bet you can go to a link on his website and donate." If that was directed at me/my websites, wrong you are! The three websites I do are fishnet-usadotcom, ****dotorg and There are at least 400 pages there all told and in not one of them is a solicitation for funding. Let us know what you find. And if you read the two articles that I linked to you'll find that I don't draw any conclusions ref windpower, just raise questions that in my opinion need to be answered.
  9. Unfortunately, though, we're not "exploring" offshore wind, we're heedlessly - as far as EMF effects are concerned - buying into it lock, stock and barrel in multi-billion dollar chunks, sort of like we bought into nuclear power back in the 1950s (although nuclear power still seems to me to be the most viable fossil fuel alternative from any number of perspectives). Through a small handful of very limited experiments we know that EMFs do affect a number of oceanic/estuarine critters in the short term, we don't have the foggiest idea the full extent of species affected in the short term and from what I've seen, none in the long term, yet (almost totally foreign) huge corporations are paying multimillions of dollars for the right to build these wind "farms" in our most productive waters. The so-called precautionary principle is gleefully applied by NOAA/NMFS to keep just about anyone from doing anything in those waters without proving that it will have negligible effects but when it comes to wind power all of that precaution is out the window. One might almost think that our federal agencies and the multi-national environmental industry has been co-opted by big wind.
  10. Maxkatt asked "do multiple legs of windmills cause tidal movement to effect clarity of water?" Turbidity pix here. There are others available on the web.
  11. In my opinion the potentially greatest problem is the impact of the electromagnetic fields generated by the hundreds of miles of transmission cables that will be installed to get the electricity from "out there" to "in here." A significant portion of these will be perpendicular (or roughly perpendicular) to the coastline and could interfere with North/South migrations and a significant portion will be in sited where they could interfere with inshore/offshore migrations. While research has been done that indicates some potential impacts (go to articles linked following), there has been dismally limited research on what the effects of these fields on fish/invertebrates will be. Two articles I wrote on this issue are here and here. Steve, thanks for the video. A couple of people have sent it to me but I haven't had a chance to witch it.
  12. If I remember correctly, vertical sides equal no reserve buoyancy. That's not a good thing in these so called duck "boats," jon "boats" or any other craft that is exposed to much more than ripples. Topsides flare out for a reason - the more you heel, the more stable you become (or something like that).
  13. I had sciatica in left leg four or five years ago. Six or eight months of really major pain. I tried three or four docs - GP, neurologist, neurosurgeon and pain doc. Only thing that sort of helped was heavy duty pain meds (mood enhancers/head f'ers). Finally got a recommendation to a pain doc at Daytona Beach hospital. He put me to sleep, gave me an epidural-nerve block, I woke up and pain was gone. It's still gone though I got another shot three years ago for continuing/increasing numbness of three toes (big 'un to middle) of left foot and the foot was dragging slightly. Reduced but didn't "cure" numbness, PT fixed the dragging unless I'm really tired but it's not even a minor inconvenience usually. What worked for me was persistence in doctor shopping/hopping, so keep looking. I had even considered acupuncture until I found the last guy. And he said if it starts up again he'll fix it again. Interesting side note - he had a chart that connected the various spinal nerves to where they caused problems and what kind of problems. It was right on for me, and i had never seen one of them before - and that was through a whole bunch of office visits/exams. Fortunately we have really good health coverage. Good luck!
  14. Two weeks ago I hooked up a Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2200 Range Extender ($115 from Amazon). Using AT&T Download Speed Test I get ca 60 Mbps from a hard wired connection, ca 9-10Mbps to a laptop sitting next to to the modem. The range extender is about 30 feet and 4 or 5 walls from the modem and sitting about 40 feet and no walls from the extender I get about 15 Mbps. I don't know how "real" those numbers actually are but there is a definite noticeable improvement. But it took a bunch of moving the extender around and messing with it - maybe 4 or 5 hours - to get there. Setting the extender up was easy. From all I've read, whether an extender works in any particular situation or not depends on a whole bunch of factors, so I'd suggest that if you buy one make sure it that it's easily returnable. If what you get won't get you much more performance get a different model and try again. I did read some stuff that suggested that having the same brand of modem and extender was a good thing but that doesn't seem to be a guarantee (though I do have a Neatgear modem as well). Now I've gotta work on the gap between my hard wired speed and what's coming out of the modem.
  15. HH - I got a tremendous deal on an 8 pound (I think that's about what it weighed) red snapper at the Terminal Market in Philadelphia 'cause it smelled really fishy, but it looked great. I told the woman behind the counter that it smelled pretty bad but I thought it would be ok for stock and offered her ten bucks - I think, this was at last 12 years ago - for it. Took it home, rinsed it off (the slime "goes bad" pretty quickly) and it tasted just like red snapper. I used to work seafood trade shows. We always had a display of fish on ice and it was mandatory to rinse them off every day when the show shut down, That way we could get four or five days out of the fish.